NEW YORK (CBS News/CBSNewYork/AP) — The Department of Justice is planning to file criminal corruption charges against New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez, a law enforcement official told CBS News on Friday.
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One of the highest ranking Hispanic members in Congress, Menendez was expected to be accused of using his Senate office to promote the interests of Democratic donor Dr. Salomon Melgen, a South Florida eye doctor and close friend.
In response, Menendez insisted that he has always acted lawfully and has fought for the best policies for the people of New Jersey and the U.S. for all of the 23 years he has been in office.
“Let me be very clear — very clear — I have always conducted myself appropriately and in accordance with the law,” Menendez said at a news conference Friday evening.